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School cop Stenroos to pay LA $309,000 for hoax shooting; money was raised by his friends and family

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Jeffrey Stenroos agreed Monday to pay the city of Los Angeles a lump sum of $309,000 in restitution, which comes in addition to the five-year jail sentence and 400 hours of community service he was sentenced to in December after being convicted on five of six counts in September, the L.A. Times reports.

Stenroos was an L.A. school police officer who accidentally shot himself but said it was incurred in the line of duty, leading to a San Fernando Valley manhunt that included several schools being locked down and estimates for how much it cost the city ranged between $400,000 and $500,000, according to various city officials.

In exchange for the restitution, Stenroos is being allowed to post bail from L.A. County jail while his case is being appealed. The money was raised by Stenroos's friends and family and will be given to the city on Wednesday.

"It's highly unusual to receive such a large amount in a lump sum but we welcome receiving the money," said William Carter, chief deputy to City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, according to the Times.

Stenroos was an eight-year police veteran. He claimed to have been shot in the chest trying to stop a man from breaking into parked cars in front of El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills; his bulletproof vest did have a bullet embedded in it.

Police searched an eight-square-mile area trying to find the person who allegedly shot Stenroos, with over 550 law enforcement officers being deployed. He confessed several days later that he made the story up because he accidentally fired his gun and shot himself. Police had issued a sketch and a $100,000 reward for the imaginary assailant.